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The mission of DeSoto County Case Management Services is to provide public safety and reduce recidivism.
Two units come under the umbrella of the DeSoto County Case Management Services: Probation and DeSoto County Case Management Court. A third unit — Supervised Pre-Trial Release and Services — will be added to the department with the coming year. Please visit the Case Management Court page to learn more about this unique problem-solving court.
The mission of the Probation unit is to support the criminal justice system by supervising local probationers and enforcing court-ordered conditions of probation.
Probation allows the Court to utilize sentencing alternatives to reduce the jail population (i.e., the work program, pretrial intervention (PTI), community service, substance abuse counseling, and the Driver Enhanced Treatment Education Rehabilitation program (DETER)). Probation staff also ensures the collection of court ordered fines/fees and restitution.
Some of the responsibilities and daily operations of the Probation staff include:
With the inclusion of Supervised Pre-Trial Release and Services within the next year, the Case Management Services Department will be able provide a seamless process for the screening and supervision of both felony and misdemeanor defendants while cases progress to trial or disposition. Further, Pre-Trial Services screening will allow the Case Management Court to identify potential clients more efficiently and provide these results to the State Attorney’s Office for review.
Upon sentencing of misdemeanor cases involving probation, the Probation unit will continue working with misdemeanor defendants to encourage successful completion of probation conditions. Additionally, the Probation unit will continue to provide pre-trial intervention programs to certain defendants as well as offer the Work Program as a sentencing alternative to jail for both felony and misdemeanor cases.